Accorhotels has announced it will be opening three new properties under its Mercure, Pullman and MGallery by Sofitel brands in Myanmar over the next three years.

Scheduled to open its doors first is the Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort, which is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of this year. This will be followed by the Pullman Yangon Centrepoint next year, and another Mandalay property, the Mandalay Hill Resort MGallery by Sofitel, in 2020.

“The three hotels are situated in strategic locations in Yangon and Mandalay, for tourists and business guests alike,” said Patrick Basset, Accorhotels’ Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia COO.

“Pullman, our upscale hotel brand, is designed to cater to the requirements of cosmopolitan, seasoned travellers, as well as meetings and incentive events while MGallery by Sofitel is a collection of high-end boutique hotels, each with its own unique personality and story that are experienced by guests through the architecture, interior design and services. Mercure hotels, our midscale brand, are always unique because they are rooted in their local communities and meet shared quality standards.”

The Mercure property in Mandalay is located on close to 4.5 hectares of tropical gardens, with 206 rooms overlooking Mandalay Hill and the Irrawaddy River. Three restaurants and two bars will be available, along with a conference centre, ballroom and three meeting rooms.

Meanwhile the Pullman property is situated across from Yangon’s High Court and will comprise part of the Centrepoint Towers commercial building. A total of 300 guestrooms will be offered, along with a similar three-restaurant and two-bar F&B offering, and a pool, fitness centre and spa. The hotel’s events facilities are more extensive than the Mercure, with a ballroom and 10 meeting rooms.

Finally the MGallery by Sofitel will be the most high-end of the three, as well as the smallest, with just 150 guestrooms and villas, and just one restaurant and bar. That said, it will be located adjacent to the Mercure, sharing its outdoor pool and spa facilities.

“After the sanctions were lifted, Myanmar became one of the most sought-after destinations in Southeast Asia,” said Letsak Nopburanand, director of LP Holding, which is jointly developing the properties with Accorhotels. “These three hotels will give travellers additional hotel choices with the growing tourism in the country particularly in Mandalay, as the city continues to develop.”

Myanmar’s hospitality sector is seeing a number of new and updated properties set to come online over the next few years. In 2019, the Dusit Thani Yangon is scheduled to open its doors, while in November last year, the renowned Strand Yangon reopened following a six-month-long renovation.